South Africa vs India 2nd Test Day 2: Steyn rips through India to give South Africa advantage

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Steyn demolished India’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul

South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn ripped through India’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul to give the Proteas the upper hand heading into day three.

Steyn was well supported by captain Graeme Smith and his opening partner, Alviro Petersen, as they amassed a fantastic 82-run partnership to put South Africa in the driver’s seat.

After taking an early lunch due to heavy rain, play finally got underway at approximately 12.30pm.

Starting out the day on 181/1, India’s batting duo of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were only able to add 17 runs onto their 140-run partnership before Pujara was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn for 70.

Pujara’s fantastic knock of 70 came off 132 balls and included nine boundaries.

Vijay failed to last much as he was also caught behind off the bowling of Steyn for 97.

Vijay’s brilliant innings of 97 came off 226 deliveries, and included 18 boundaries.

Rohit Sharma was on his way back to the pavilion the very next ball as he was clean bowled by Steyn.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane stemmed the bleeding with a 66-run partnership before Kohli was caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel for 46.

Following Kohli’s dismissal, India’s lower order completely collapsed as they went from 320/5 to 334 all out.

Rahane was left stranded on 51 off 121 balls, which included eight boundaries.

Steyn, who registered his 22nd five-wicket haul, was the pick of the South African bowlers with six wickets, while Morkel snapped up three and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy chipped in with one.

Trailing by 334, South Africa got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Smith and Petersen put together an unbeaten 82-run partnership before stumps was called.

Smith finished on 35 off 59 balls, which included five boundaries, while Petersen remained undefeated on 46 off 61 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.

South Africa ended the day on 82/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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